The US special representative for Iran has criticized a decision by the European Union to give $20.7 million in aid to Tehran.
The remarks by Brian Hook came on Friday; one day after the EU agreed to pay the sum in development aid to Tehran as the 28-nation bloc steps up efforts to blunt the impact of returning US sanctions against Iran and to keep it in the multilateral 2015 nuclear deal.
Hook said the move sent “the wrong message at the wrong time,” calling on Brussels to help Washington to end what he called the Iranian threat to global stability, a claim Iran totally rejects.
He said that “the United States and the European Union should be working together instead to find lasting solutions that truly support Iran’s people and end the regime’s threats to regional and global stability.”
The EU measure was announced in a statement on Thursday by the bloc’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, who once again reaffirmed…